Park51 and SOMA Architects released their first renderings of what will be Park 51, the controversial Muslim community center and prayer space in lower Manhattan. The drawings reveal a dramatic 13-story building with a facade of interconnected webbing and a bright white, day-lit interior. Park51 will be a $100 million mixed-use cultural and community center and is slated for LEED certification. The elaborate, yet undeniably futuristic feel of this structure injects just the right amount of personality into its Manhattan neighborhood.
An ice-white latticework effect scatters across the facade, with allusions to both traditional Islamic architecture and iconic symbols from other faiths, such as the Jewish Star of David. This intricate detail can also be noted from the interior renderings, as light rushes to enter the building during the day and floods out as night falls.
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